The Management-of-Compliance Edition Friday, December 6, 2019

Apple Says Its Ultra Wideband Technology Is Why Newer iPhones Appear To Share Location Data, Even When The Setting Is Disabled, by Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch

“Ultra wideband technology is an industry standard technology and is subject to international regulatory requirements that require it to be turned off in certain locations,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch. “iOS uses Location Services to help determine if iPhone is in these prohibited locations in order to disable ultra wideband and comply with regulations.”

“The management of ultra wideband compliance and its use of location data is done entirely on the device and Apple is not collecting user location data,” the spokesperson said.

MacBook Pro 'Popping' Sound Bug Returns In New 16-inch Model, by William Gallagher, AppleInsider

A number of users are reporting a popping or clicking sound from the speakers on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, similar to a recurring problem that has affected Apple's portable Macs over the last several years.

Apple Card Beginning To Show Up On Credit Reports, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Goldman Sachs has confirmed that it is working with credit bureau TransUnion to begin reporting Apple Card information, informing cardholders that they will see full details on their credit report within the next five days. This includes the date the Apple Card account is opened, credit balance, payment status, and more.


Apple’s Clips App Updated With Animoji And Memoji Support, New Disney Stickers, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Adding support for Animoji and Memoji characters to Clips allows users to create personalized videos using their custom characters. They integrate with other Clips features as well.

Dolby Vision On Apple TV 4K Failing For Some Apple TV+ Shows, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Many people are reporting that Apple TV+ shows are no longer playing in Dolby Vision on Apple TV 4K, instead reverting to less-sophisticated HDR10 standard.

Popular Manga Art App Clip Studio Paint Is Now Available On The iPhone, by Dami Lee, The Verge

Clip Studio Paint, the industry-standard software for manga artists, is now available on the iPhone. Unlike the iPad version, which is just an identical clone of the desktop app ported over for the tablet, the iPhone app is optimized for smaller screens. It features cloud integration so that work on the iPhone will also sync with files on the desktop and iPad versions.


Microsoft Wants Everyone To Follow Its Lead With Its New Mobile Design, by Tom Warren, The Verge

”The thing we learned in all of our research is that people spend about 4 hours a day on their phone, but the average session time of doing something is between 20 and 30 seconds long,” explains Friedman. That’s an extremely short burst of time to get something done on the go, and Microsoft is trying to improve its own apps, and others, to simplify those tasks with a design that makes it more familiar and less jarring when you switch apps.

That doesn’t mean every Microsoft app will look the same on iOS and Android, as the company is still trying to feel at home and native on these platforms. It means things like search should be in a similar place, and iconography will be reused so things feel more familiar. It’s these very subtle changes that can add up to improvements over time, and it’s a big part of Microsoft’s open design approach internally.


Apple Buys First-ever Carbon-free Aluminum From Alcoa-Rio Tinto Venture, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

Apple Inc on Thursday said it has bought the first-ever commercial batch of carbon-free aluminum from a joint venture between two of the world’s biggest aluminum suppliers.

The metal is being made by Elysis, a Montreal-based joint venture of Alcoa Corp and Rio Tinto announced last year with $144 million in funding from the two companies, Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec.

Phone-in-cheek: Spike Seen In Cellphone-linked Face Injuries, by Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press

Add facial cuts, bruises and fractures to the risks from cellphones and carelessly using them.

That’s according to a study published Thursday that found a spike in U.S. emergency room treatment for these mostly minor injuries.